IMG_0966Challenge 2000’s Street Day Appeal is today – Friday 4th September 2015.

We are out and about in Johnsonville and on the streets in Wellington City all day!  Please give generously if you see one of our collectors – “Give a little, so we can give A LOT”!

Thank you so much for your generosity and support.

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Wellingtonians……Thank you thank you thank you – Street Day Appeal 2014

“Wellingtonians….Thank you thank you thank you…………….

thank you very much for your kind donations thank you very, very much”

Friday September 5 was a cool little day in the Capital and yet our amazing collectors turned out with warm smiles to do their bit. Then through the streets and Malls walked generous Wellingtonians opening wallets and purses to support children, young people and their families.

On the day you GAVE $10,500 and some said the cheque was in the mail or would internet bank….so it’s a great total and climbing – thank you.

The reality is that life is difficult for people at some time in their life.

The reality also is that Kiwis are a generous people and we all do our bit to reach out and help others when we can.

Challenge 2000 is a community based Wellington organisation that has existed for 26 years because we are supported by YOU.

Thanks – you enable us to make a difference.


Heart shots of the Day:

Thorndon New World:

A little girl aged about five to six – looking at the Challenge boards and then getting her coins out of her purse and putting them in the bucket to help other children.

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Busking in the Railway station and gathering a large audience who found the guys singing and style so attractive that they gave lots of money and video’d on phones – check out you tube J.

Johnsonville Mall:

A Returned serviceman who after careful questioning and consideration gave a sizeable donation applauding the young collectors on how they are serving today. He said it made him proud.

Lambton Quay:

The businessmen who gave $50.00 and thanked the collecting Youth Worker for her willingness to actually do something to improve society rather than just talk about it.

The Rongotai College young man who was walking by, saw what Challenge was about and volunteered on the spot.

Railway Station and Thorndon:

All The College students – St Patrick’s Town and Stream and St Mary’s who got out of bed early to do their bit and then who stayed at their posts regardless of the cold, rainy weather.

Johnsonville Main Road:

The mother of seven grown up children who collected without a break for five hours – to tautoko her Challenge whanau.

Back room supporters:

The volunteers who gave up their day to count the money, bag it and steer the pick ups and gauge trends.


ALL the Challenge Staff, Board members, volunteers – current and past who did your bit to make the day successful – THANK YOU.

LOVE works.

“The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.”

~ John Burrowes

Pictured below is Gerard Tully, the rector of St. Pat’s Silverstream, and one of his generous students, Freeman Rae, giving their time today.Collectors 2014

Also pictured below, Angela Brounts, Challenge 2000 board member with past board member Sally Munro.

Also pictured below, Anna Hoskins, past Gap student.

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Street Day Appeal 2013… THANK YOU!


High 5

Thank you for helping us to change young lives.

On the 6th of September we had our annual Street day appeal. All of our staff, gap students, family members and many volunteers went out onto the streets to collect and busk to raise money to fund the programmes that are run throughout the year. Everyone was very excited, and looked forward to collecting as well the opportunity to promote Challenge, the work that we do, who we are, and talking about some of the many programmes that we offer. Without the help and support of the Wellington public we wouldn’t have the flexibility that we have to be able to create different programmes that meet the needs of the people who we work with. This was a day enjoyed by all, and we want to say THANK YOU to all our collectors and the wonderful people of Wellington who donated.